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. it was downgraded to a category 3. state leaders are still not taking chances. virginia will go into emergency mode to prepare for never the storm could bring. courtney robinson has more details from the satellite center. it's good it has been downgraded. >> it is. there's a hurricane watch in place in virginia on the coast. it has been almost 20 years since the hurricane had so much of the eastern seaboard in its sights. hurricane earl blew through the mile-per- with 135 - hour winds, leaving people without clean drinking water. it is expected to parallel the east coast, possibly present allen banks of north carolina. officials are preparing and many beachgoers are evacuating already. in ocean city, maryland to the town officials are preparing for the worst. lifeguards have rescued many swimmers from dangerous recurrence in the past few days. >> i never thought i would be in that position before. i was really scared. they got me alex. >> virginia is bracing as well, getting ready for a state of emergency. the current projections put it 200 miles off virginia beach. too close for comfort as it coul
. >>> slow traffic on 95 in virginia northbound at the prince william parkway. we are going to see if there is any delay for news choppers 7. -- newschopper 7. baltimore washington parkway. leaving and going into laurel, it is nothing but volume. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story, a bracing for hurricane earl. an hour ago the storm was downgraded to a category three. if it is still on track to skirt the east coast. state leaders up and down the atlantic are not taking chances. today virginia will go into emergency mode to prepare for whatever it could bring. courtney robinson is live in a satellite center with more details. what is the latest? >> a hurricane watch is in place for n.c. and virginia coast. it has been almost 20 years since the hurricane had so much of the eastern seaboard in its sights. hurricane earl blue through the caribbean at 135 miles an hour, ves off andh roof leaving people without clean drinking water. it is expected to parallel the east coast, possibly pressing the outer banks of north carolina. officials are preparing. many beachgoers are evacua
northbound in virginia. looking good from et cetera toll the 14th street bridge. 66 eastbound out of centreville. no issues making your way past route 50 to the beltway. 270 southbound looks good here at 109 to the split. no problems as it is wide open. also want to remind drivers, hov restrictions have been lifted today except for route 50. if coming back from the beaches or across the bay bridge, be prepared for that. that's in affect. 66 and 95 is clear. and 95 bw parkway no problems this morning. >>> some employees at virginia's department of motor vehicles will be at work this labor day holiday. they are racking up the poll day pay to clear a backlog that was created during the computer system meltdown. kristin fisher is live in alexandria. and i don't see any lines yet. >> no lines yet. and i highly doubt a trip to the dmv is how most people like to spend their labor day holiday but if you are affected by last week's computer blackout, then, you know, this may not be a bad idea. this dmv location in alexandria is one of 14 locations in the state that will be open today, labo
campaign mode. call it his glory days tour. he's in iowa and virginia today, two of his key states from 2008. last night he had a huge college rally in wisconsin, trying to target the voters who surged the polls but have been sitting this year out. and the big question is, can he recapture some of that 2008 magic? because this has been the tea party's year. >> it certainly has. >>> also this morning, strong charges coming from a man accusing that popular pastor in atlanta of sex abuse. we'll hear explosive charges from a 23-year-old who says bishop eddie long is a predator. that's the word he used. that is coming up in a moment. >>> we begin with the latest tropical weather brewing off of florida this morning. it's set to make a run up the east coast and could cause serious flooding. sam is tracking it for us at the weather board. >> good morning, george and robin. we'll talk a little about this storm. it is tropical depression 16. if you're looking for it to kind of perform like a big tropical storm, it's not. but it's going to drop a lot of heavy rain. take a look at
, hagersto hagerstown. chilly morning in the 40s in the valley. fog western maryland, west virginia. over the fog the sky is beginning to clear out. as the day progresses the fog will dissipate. increasing sunshine. mostly sunny for the primary election day tomorrow. on wednesday, again, up near 80 with sunshine, low humidity. could get more much needed rain on thursday. jerry, how is the monday commute now? >> watch out for the fog. but certainly not an issue in town. a new traffic pattern to tell you about. 395 north bound, 14th street bridge. far left lane is taken away. this is i think the fifth phase. it's the left lane closed up. veer a little bit to the right. you can exit to the g.w. parkway. you start to lose the left lane. three lanes will get you by. everybody is doing it within fine fashion. see if that's the case elsewhere this morning. making a trip along 66. tom mentioned the fog. saw some out in manassas. a truck dumped a bunch of gravel. how are we doing on the rail? fine. two delays, camden 841 and 843. under ten minutes each. joe? >> all right. jerry, thanks so much. >>
across southwestern and south central virginia but you can see on the satellite loop they're defini definitely closer to us as we go thugh the mid to late morning showers. so if you're planning on heading out to the ravens game today, the browns are in town. kickoff 1:00. there will be a risk of a shower. not going to be a washout. not looking for a lot of rain the front half of the d but it will be enough to make you mad if you're not careful. be ready for a couple of drops. the steadier, heavier showers are on schedule for tonight. monday looks like it could be nearly a washout. tuesday could have rain and some thunderstorms as well. >> all right. even more. thanks, chuck. >>> people who live in a manassas neighborhood now know what caused the devastating fire that ripped through their community. on thursday flames jumped from house to house destroying three homes and damaged five others. news 4's darcy spencer got reaction from neighbors after they learned what sparked that fire. >> reporter: fire investigators have determined the blaze that destroyed three homes in manassas thur
that was the forerunner to fox television. he donated tens of millions of dollars though the university of virginia and the library of congress. he was 95 years old. >>> democrats in richmond say they have reservations about governor mcdonnell's plan to privatize liquor sales. the republican leader wants to sell the state's 332 abc stores then the commonwealth will auction off 1,000 liquor licenses. plans call for the profits to go to highway projects in the old dominion. >> i have always been sort of a -- sort of favoring privatizing wherever it can be done but it has to say money and turn those funds back to the community and i'm not sure i see how they will happen yet but this that is what will happen i think it is a good idea. >> he dropped the plan to tax alcohol drinks in restaurants and bars. >>> coming up ahead on 9 news now, the plan to burn the koran is sparking outrage among muslims the world over. >>> cnn reveals its choice to replace larry king. we will have those stories and more when we come back. >>> president obama is calling on a florida minister to cancel his plans to burn the ko
been extended to include the virginia coastline. the storm has weakened. but let's go to vipir. first a quick look at hurricane watch. surf city, north carolina to paramour island, virginia, under a hurricane watch. don't be surprised if this doesn't get extended up into new jersey this afternoon. now to vipir. let's take a look the at storm -- at the storm, maximum winds 125, gusts over 140 and charging off to the north and west at 16 miles per hour. likely to keep this intensity as it approaching the carolina coastline overnight thursday and into friday morning and then charge up the coast during the day on friday. so watch this carefully over the next couple of days. locally we're doing fine. today is going to be another hot, sunny day with afternoon high temperatures back into the 90s. currently we're 76 degrees at reagan national. humidity 65%. winds shifting later out of the south here at about 5 miles per hour. but all in all, not a bad day. 95 degrees the afternoon high with a lot of sunshine. one more hot afternoon and then we'll start a cooldown which will include 80s this w
street bridge as a way to get into the district. in the beltway in virginia, everything is clear from the wilson bridge up to 95. making your way to 66. 495 in maryland north of the district, ever one is moving at speed. inbound new york avenue, no problems at this point between the times building and florida avenue. andrea back to you. >> with vincent gray all but certain to become the next mayor of d.c., this week we should learn more about the future of one of the key figures in at dry january fenty's administration. gray has a meeting scheduled with schools chancellor michelle rhee. kristen fisher joins us from d.c. public schools headquarters. >> reporter: good morning. ever spins vince gray won the democratic primary last tuesday, the big question following him is what will happen to d.c. school chancellor michelle rhee. initially at a press conference after the primary, gray said he would wait until after the general election before he made any sort of personnel decisions. now we are hearing it could be happening much sooner. here is why. rhee will be returning from vacation th
. james madison on the road against 13th-ranked virginia tech. turns in the play of the game, scoring a 77 yard touchdown. dukes shocked the hokies, 21-16. virginia tech follows to 0-2. college park, maryland, freshman danny o'brien threw three touchdowns in the first half. maryland put up 370 yards of offense, crushing oregon state, 62-3. its highest scoring performance in 3r5 years. navy against georgia southern. not much offense in had game. dobbs's one yard touchdown proved to be the difference. 13-7. and in baseball nationals/marlins. espinoza made a diving catch. gets the runner at first. marlins beat the nationals, 4-1. coming up later today here on nbc 4, check out our countdown to kickoff special at noon previewing the big redskins/cowboys game. big day. >>> next up, news 4's reporter's notebo notebook. we'll be back in 15 minutes with the morning's top stories and your sunday forecast. for now here's pat lawson news. >>> good morning. welcome to reporter's notebook. well, with two days to go and two weeks of early voting behind them, the candidates for the push for d.c. mayor are
now. a few light showers in ohio and west virginia but around here generally clear. we could see 30s or 40s here. 60s and 70s across the board. 73 national. dew point in the 60s and a light wind out of the north at three miles an hour. nationally, we have some showers out in the rockies in the southwest. this moisture is feeding in to a developing storm system in the northern plains and once again rough weather ahead of this. showers and storms through wisconsin approaching chicago later on and could cause flight delays an that's a popular spot for folks to go through. the front operating milder air from the warm hot air will be lifting north of us. other than a possibility of a couple of storms this afternoon, we should have a lot less action than yesterday and then this front, this is coming on friday in to saturday morning. this will be our savior. cool us back down to the 80s on saturday an 70s on sunday. our seven-day forecast, 92 today. 94 tomorrow. isolated storm today. and look at this, monday, tuesday, wednesday, upper 70s to low 80s with a few much- needed showers. here's a
lee. all the hostages were okay. >>> northern virginia community is mourning the loss of a local couple who owned a business that many considered the heart and soul of that community. >> the owners of nichols hardware in purcellville died in a car crash. the couple was returning home to loudoun county. jane watrel has the story. >> reporter: it's a huge loss for a small town as the purcellville community comes to grps with the deaths of karen and ted nichols. who were killed in a horrific car crash. >> amazing people. they have been running the store forever. they have been a staple here. a kindly group of folks and he runs this place and the people around him act the same way. >> reporter: stylist theresa wolf works a few doors down, a store owned by the same family since 1914 where the clerks call you by your first name. generations are paying tribute on the steps of the store. >> it is a big tragedy for their family and all of us. i grew up here. they have been here forever it seems like. they have served a lot of people and we hope they continue to serve. >> reporter: the one
,000 people will fly. aaa says ocean city, bethany, and virginia beach are the most popular driving destinations for our area. >>> now to the discovery channel standoff investigation. 911 calls give us an idea of what workers saw and heard when a gunman walked into their building and took three hostages. several people tried to give as much information as they could about james lee. jackie benton walks us through the audio recording. >> yes. i'm calling from discovery communications. there's somebody holding a gun inside the main lobby. >> reporter: the calls began coming in to montgomery's 911 center about 1:00 p.m. on wednesday. there was some initial confusion about the specifics but one thing became shockingly clear, there was a man with a gun in the lobby of discovery communications in downtown silver springs. >> was someone shot? >> i didn't see. when i walked by him, he said, nobody move and shot in the air and then i ran. >> he's a white male or a caucasian male. he has something in his backpack. i don't know what it is, ma'am. >> it looks like bomb. >> it looks like a gun.
, including a congressional race in west virginia. this is the first district of west virginia. where democratic state legislature mike oliverio faces mckinley. the big trend this season has been the wave of anti-incumbent sentiment. chief political correspondent carl can cameron reports oliverio has already taken down a political mini dynasty. >> he was the first challenger across the country to beat any incumbent this year. he ousted 28-year democratic house veteran alan malahan whose father held the seat for 20 years before him. the state lawmaker opposes abortion, gay marriage, healthcare reform, president cap-and-trade bill, stimulus spending. most of president obama and the democratic party agenda. >> i'm not going to washington to get in-step with the washington leaders. i'm going to washington to try to get the leaders in step with the american people. >> the republican nominee is millionaire businessman dave mckinley, former west virginia g.o.p. chairman and state lawmaker. he argues once in washington, oliverio will be a rubber stamp for obama-pelosi liberalism. >> they hurt
're dealing with hardly anything out on the roadways. i like it like this. 90 northbound in virginia. that's our first camera. want to show that you everyone they're moving at speed out of fredericksburg. so making your way up towards the mixing bow. as we take it over to 395 headed northbound no problems to report out this way from the beltway towards shirleying ton. keep an eye on north capital street. everything nice and clear out here. looks like construction in the area is now gone and wrapping up the outer loop in maryland everything is all good out here. lanes wide open between 95 and the georgia avenue exit. back to you. >>> d.c. police officers have spent the night guarding huge piles of stuff. they're the belongings of a woman who was evicted from her apartment. 9news reporter kristin fisher joins us now with her story. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. so often we hear these stories of eviction and foreclosure taking place across the country but it's very rare to actually see somebody's personal struggle literally spread out on the sidewalk for all to s
that were destroyed. >>> for the first time in nearly a century, a virginia woman has been executed. theresa lewis has been put to death by lethal injection at the greensville correctional center in jarrett. she was convicted of hiring two men to kill her husband an stepson, giving them sex and cash in exchange so she could collect a quarter million dollars in insurance money. she used her final statement to tell her husband's daughter she loved her and she was very sorry. >>> now, to a break in the murder of college student neil god left tski. police arrested a 16-year-old gang member yesterday. he was gunned didn't while riding his bicycle through sherman cycle. the suspect, eric for mansion 17 and is being charged as an adult. >>> the washington nationals are losing stan kasten. he was part are of a tbiewp to buy the nats. he at the time being he committed to staying with the team for five years. -- he was part of a group to buy the nationals. >>> very quiet out there. very calm. also very humid you will find as you walk outside today. i'm sarah simmons in for gurvir dhindsa. let's get a
tonight. >>> three people are dead after a fire in northern virginia home. one of them died while saving three children. it happened in fairfax county. neighbors struggled to help but in the end they could only do so much. beth parker live at the scene of the tragedy. >> reporter: well, brian, if you look over my shoulder, you can see what is left of this town house on hager circle. investigators are working to figure out what started this fire. neighbors are trying to understand the horror of what they saw and heard. >> i hear somebody screaming. >> reporter: at the sound of those screams neighbors came rung. >> when i came out my door, i just saw yellow, and i just started rung. >> reporter: there were many what wanted to help. >> it was too much fire. it was everywhere. we couldn't even get in ourselves. >> reporter: they knew a woman and children were inside. as the town house burned that woman dropped a newborn out a second-story window and lowered two other children out to a man the kids describe as an uncle. >> i heard her screaming out, and he was screaming back to her when i got
obama addressed voters in virginia that said he had no idea how to reduce the nation's deficit. >>> and pilot jack conroyd called the landing the most significant thing that happened to him in 32 yrs of flying. he praised his crew saying he was no hero, adding, he was just doing his job. >>> hollywood legend tony curtis died last night of cardiac arrest at his home in nevada. in a career that spanned 59 years and was in "some like it hot" and the father of jamie curtis, he was 85. back to matt and vieira, certainly a huge loss. >> and jamie lee is a big friend of ours. our condolences go out to her and her ent in 2008 when he wrote that book about his time in hollywood. when he got there to hollywood, he was brad pitt and george clooney all rolled into one. >> that's right. >> great storyteller. >> what a life. >> had quite a life. >> yes, he did. >> amy mentioned that some like it hot movie where he got focus marilyn monroe and reporters asked him aftethe scene, what was it like to kiss marilyn monroe? he thought it was a d i'm meteorologistom kierein. we've got pockets of hea
are filling out between university and georgia. the delay is on the way. and finally virginia we wrap with you. 66 no incidents or accidents just a little more congestion building between 50 and nutley. now, over to andrea? >> thank you. >>> the major story is campaign 2010 and the fallout from a big primary election. here's a quick rundown of what you need to know. vincent gray will be the district's next mayor. he beat mayor fenty. in prince georges county baker is declaring victory in the county executive race but no official reports result. and nationwide, at least two key wince for the conservative tea party movement. again the top headline is a shake-up in the district. vincent gray rode a wave of discontent of victory in the democratic primary. with 90% of the precincts counted, gray grabs 53% of the vote. fenty got 45%. kristin fisher has more on the race that didn't end until four hours ago. kristin? >> i know. crazy. this race wasn't called until around 2:00 this morning and gray didn't even stand up to give his victory speech until a half hour later. so a very late night for everyon
at this time. >>> a teacher's aide accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year- old girl in centreville, virginia is now in a new york jail. authorities say they picked him up trying to cross into canada from new york state. police say the # 2-year-old assaulted that little girl at the mini land day care and fled when an arrest warrant was issued. he is expected to be extradited to fairfax county sometime in the next couple of weeks. -- police say the 22-year-old assaulted that little girl. >>> word that actor tony curtis has died. that is according to entertainment tonight which says his daughter, jamie lee curtis confirmed her father's passing. it is unclear exactly when this happened. he received an oscar nomination in 1959 for his role in the movie the defiant ones. tony curtis was 85 years old. >>> we continue to follow today's severe weather here in our area. we'll get an update on the blows mexico is taking from mother nature. another deadly landslide has rescuers working. >>> what fellow classmates did that police think pushed a teenager over the edge.  >>> another deadly mudslide
of fairfax county. of of montgomery county. low 50s. loudon and frederick, as well as into northern virginia. weather watchers reportg only near 50. west of the blue ridge, a little bit warmer. winchester, 58. rural areas, only in the 40s to near 50. eastern shore, mid-50s under a clear sky. lots of sunshine as high pressure is moving in. highs reaching near 80. tomorrow, increasing clouds. blustery, southerly wind should warm us to the low to mid-80s. needed rain thursday night. dry friday into the weekend. how is your traffic now, jerry? >> certainly picking up volume. 95 nkd through the enter changes. northbound traffic, left side of your screen. overnight road wrk southbound. right now southbound is doing okay northbound to the capital beltway. let's head over and update you on 270. the good news is it's not as bad as it appears along 270 as you round the bend. just a little volume. travel lanes open. metro and vre are okay. brunswick 870 is 12 minutes behind schedule. we'll keep you updated. >>> this morning vincent gray is poised to become the district's next mayor. he defeated adrian
, thank you, doug. >>> in virginia, hurricane earl brought rain and winds as it passed along the coastline this morning. down in virginia beach, there was some rough seas, some light rain. overall it fathers commonwealth dodged any major damage with what was by then a category 2 storm. by mid morning, officials say there were reports of a small number of power outages and some minor flooding. early this morning, earl's winds and rain hit the outer banks in north carolina. a number of major roadways were flooded. about 5,000 people lost power there. schools were closed in six counties. about 400 people went to shelters during the peak of the storm. the officials say nobody was injured. at least no injuries were reported. and while the damage was less than expected, there will be some clean-up after the water recedes. >> more than half a dozen major airlines say they will wave change fees for customers flying into the pafth hurricane earl. that includes continental, delta, jet blue, southwest, united, u.s. airways and air tran. they have a policy for waving fees for hurricane-related fees. m
't be more different. >>> outside washington in a virginia hardware store, no ties, no pledging, and according to the white house, no new ideas. >> i think john boehner said and i think most of the american people will see that this is very much in line with what the republican party has proposed for the past many years. >> so does robert gibbs have a point? >> not going to be any different than what we've been. we are going to stand up for those things we believe in. >> you expect democrats and republicans not to get along. the real shocker tonight is how much criticism the pledge is getting from republicans, especially tea party conservatives. here to talk this over and more, cnn contributor ericer ixson. editor in chief of redstate.com and author of "red stateup rising." cornell bulcher. democratic mayor of los angeles. antonio. and republican strategist, rich galen. i want to start with you, erick, if you will allow us to skip you, mr. mayor, for a moment. erick erickson has gone after this pledge calling it pablam. others have called it a pledge to do nothing. >> i think i
. and then he'll be on to virginia. more of the same. it's the battle for the bushes, you might argue. can the president sway swing voters in the mid terms? wendell goler will have the latest on that strategy. >>> and have you heard about this sky? cody brown, the newest breakout reality television star, butsy getting a whole lot more attention than perhaps he wanted as the star of helicopter sister wives" on tlc, he has four, count them, four, spouses, some 13 kids, and he is flaunting a polygamist lifestyle. >> my name is cody brown and you've got to meet my family. i'm a polygamist, but we're not the polygamists you think you know. i have three awesome wives, mary, janelle, and christie. >> gregg: he's since add add fourth. will authorizes prosecute him? should they? we'll debate it. jen let's take a live look at demoines, iowa, president obama now trying to fire up the democratic base ahead of the midterm elections. there he is. so he's hitting the suburbs to meet constituents, face to face. wendell goler is live at the white house with this story, wendell. >> reporter: jenna, the pres
is a banking industry consultant who heads his own firm in northern virginia; and lynn stout is professor of corporate and securities law at the university of california, los angeles. thank you batt for being with us. lynn stout i'm going to start with you, we are just heard two voices critical of elizabeth warren, why do you think she is the right person for this job? >> she's very clearly the right person for the job because she thought up the job. elizabeth warren has been tracking problems with consumer protection in borrowing practices for many years. she's one of the first people to identify that this was a cause of personal bankruptcies and that people were gettinging into trouble unnecessarily and through fraudulent and predatory practices. and indeed the entire agency is her idea. she really is someone very dedicated to making sure that consumer lending is done on a fair basis, on the basis of full disclosure. it's really hard to imagine anyone would do a better job than she would. >> woodruff: bert ely, nobody better to look out for fairness for the consumer. >> well, i think th
in suburban virginia 30 miles from capitol hill with this year's policy prescriptions. minority leader john boehner and his top lieutenants spelled out their central point. >> government is out of control in washington, and we need to rein it in, and begin a new drive for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government in our nation's capital. these are the things that the american people are demanding, >> reporter: while the backdrop has changed, republicans hope their document, called "a pledge to america," will produce similar results to 1994. that year's plan helped the party gain 54 seats and take the house majority for the first time in 40 years. one of the main architects of the 2010 version is california's kevin mccarthy. he accused democrats of ignoring the country's wishes. >> from the billion dollar bailouts to the stimulus package that failed to stimulate, to the government takeover of health care, you cried stop. but the democratic majority in washington has refused to listen. we are here to tell you today that we have been listening, and we've heard you. >> reporter: in
-state tour with stops in two more key states. iowa and virginia. mike viqueira is traveling with the president and joins us from des moines and, mike, we have seen him return to this very successful campaign mode that he used to get elected president and he's focusing on youth. talk a little bit about the strategy here. >> well, it's very quite obvious and the president has explicitly stated along with joe biden. chris, the day after the scolding came the pleading from president obama. he and the vice president the day before yesterday told the base stop, stop whining you have to buck up or everything you worked so hard for will go down the tubes. last night really trying to create that campaign air. it was a dnc event. completely political on the campus of university of wisconsin. the official estimate and you got to believe the obama, the obama administration and the democratic party got the picture that they wanted out there with all those kids out there cheering. it was a full-on production. the whole nine yards. the dnc had sponsored some internet watch parties. they sa
in virginia for examination. the blast killed 8 people and destroyed numerous homes. a fifth person has been charged with posing as a victim of that pipeline explosion in order to get help. 51-year-old daniel stansbury of los altos has pled not guilty to seven charges including identity theft and falsely claiming aid. prosecutors say he went to a resource center for blast victims used a false name and said he lived in the crestmoor neighborhood. he then allegedly accepted more than $2,000 in gift cards. prosecutors also say he spent nine nights in hilton hotels paid for by pg&e. >>> the off again on again execution is now off again and it will be for some time. albert greenwood brown was scheduled to be put to death tonight. it would have been california's first execution in nearly five years. but the state supreme court denied a request by the state to begin using new procedures for lethal injection. now the state won't be able to execute brown until 2011 because california's supply of lethal injection drugs expires tomorrow. a new supply won't arrive until next year. >>> a bay area mom is
stern from leesberg, virginia. and we need a pair of eyes so log on to our website, wusa9.com and send us a storm report if you would. so for tonight, severe thunderstorm watch until 10:00. some severe storms and some heavy. partly cloudy and mild, and temperatures 64-72 and we'll put the watches up at the bottom of the screen shortly. >> thank you, topper. >>> now to a tragic scene in lorton, virginia as a fire takes the life of a mother and two of her children. peggy fox joins us to explain how the woman's three other children made it out alive. >> reporter: well neighbors say this mother did everything she could to save her children. with flames all around her, she got her two oldest children out of a two story window and dropped her baby into the arms of a friend but that fire moved too fast to save her two other children or herself. >> it was just black smoke and you couldn't see anything in the house. >> reporter: huge flames and thick smoke poured from their neighbor's home, a home with five small children, including a 2-month-old baby. mother sacrificed herself by saving three
't want to purchase. when the same lawsuit was filed in virginia, by the attorney general of virginia, ken keusch cuccinelli, that's been on your show, a federal judge in virginia appointed by a democratic president said when the government tried to dismiss the case, you know what, the attorney general of virginia is right, congress has never done this before, she have a -- they have a very strong argument to say it doesn't have this power, i'm not going to dismiss the indicate -- the case. so the passer in florida, a lawsuit, joined by 19 other states, the federal government doesn't reply with an answer, it replies with an appeal to dismiss the lawsuit so, the judge will only dismiss the lawsuit if there's no legal basis for it whatsoever. there is. martha: will it be let's move on to the next step? >> correct. the next step will then be a legal analysis of the history of the commerce clause and whether the constitution was written to give congress this kind of power. for example, suppose the congress declares that the sun causes skin cancer. that would be a reasonable statement to make.
states. california is one of those where the guns were sold. the others are georgia, florida, virginia, texas, indiana, ohio, pennsylvania, north carolina and arizona. the report says criminals and gun traffickers may favor states with more relaxed gun laws. >>> politics now with congressional elections just 37 days away. the democrats brought out the big guns. bill clinton hit the trail. president obama follows tomorrow. and where they are campaigning speaks volumes about the party's difficulties right now. here is bradley. >> president barack obama played basketball on sunday with his two daughters sasha and malea. just about every other washington insider played politics. former president bill clinton barn -- barnstormed for other candidates where they could gain control of the house and the senate. >> their argument is we dug a $3 trillion hole in eight years and they didn't get us out in 21 months. >> republicans faulted the democrats for not pushing the tax cuts beyond the november election. >> it would be the most irresponsible thing i have seen since i have been in washington,
. western maryland and west virginia. we're generally in the 50s. washington, mid-60s. low 60s near the bay. highs with lots of sun today. much of the region near 80 degrees. it will be cooler in the mountains. tonight a mostly clear evening. sun tomorrow morning but clouding up with highs in the low to mid-80s. thursday evening we might have a passing shower late in the evening or prawn. cloudy friday morning, in the 60s. sun back in the afternoon. low 80s. and looks like a nice weekend coming up. saturday should be mostly sunny. lows in the 50s. afternoon highsn the low 80s. a look at sunday and into next week with the extended outlook. that will be in ten minutes at 5:21. let's chec traffic now for this wednesday morning. how is it looking, jerry? >> tom, a possible fly in the ointment. florida avenue, word of a tractor trailer broken down in the roadway. looks like it's just past the camera there. it's reported to be in the right lane. heads-up for that as you travel toward northweson new york avenue. picking up a ltle bit of volume. new hampshire avenue. both directions between the ame
. >>> today the president speaks out on the economy in iowa and virginia while at the same time trying to reenergize his base. savannah guthrie is in washington with more on this. >> reporter: the president proved last night in wisconsin he can still pack tens of thousands of young people into an arena. the question is, can he get them to the polls? trying to fire up the old campaign magic, the president at the university of wisconsin at madison tuesday night. >> we cannot sit this one out, we cannot let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care to fight because the stakes are too high for your country and for your future and i'm going to get out there and fight as hard as i can and i know you are too. >> reporter: the democratic national committee is spending $50 million to get obama '08 voters to sh up in 2010. the latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the race for congress tightening, republicans know hold a three-point lead over democrats among likely voters, down from a nine-point lead last month. the president's approval ratin still stuck at 36%. i
. >> reporter: the president visited a family in fairfax, virginia to talk about what more he'd like to do to help the economy and he later joined a larger group which included small business owners and john nicholas and nicole armstrong's back yard to explain what his economic policies have and have not accomplished so far. >> we've stopped the bleeding and stable is liilized the econ but the pace of improvement has not been where it needs to be. >> reporter: the president is trying to push the senate to pass a small business jobs bill which includes about 12 billion dollars in tax breaks and 30 billion dollars to encourage lending. which the treasury secretary says is what the struggling dmi needs. >> this bill will accomplish two big things, it will cut taxes for small businesses, it will make loans credit more available to small businesses. and it provides this boost for job creation without adding to our deficits. >> mr. obama says he could sign the bill into law if it were not for the republican leaders in the house and senate. >> we're still in this wrestling match with john bainer
. he will likely appeal. >>> in virginia and maryland, a young baltimore county woman, murdered at college. now her death is sparking some action. mary joins us now with the fallout on the murder of yeardley love. >> a college campus dedicates an entire day to improving campus safety and preventing violence. it's happening now at the university of virginia, five months after the death of yeardley love. >> reporter: yeardley love grew up in cockeysville and was weeks away from graduating when police say her ex-boyfriend, attacked and killed her inside her off-campus apartment. >> beautiful young woman who had everything going for herself. there's no reason she shouldn't be here. >> today's students, faculty and staff, participated in an event called day of dialogue. featured discussions, a resource fair and a public art project called lines of darkness and light that veiled the collins university historic rotunda with black fog. both love and huguely played well cross at uva. they said today, athletics has been a strong supporter of this movement. >> every coach who was not actua
to visit to the home district of a virginia congressman today to make some points about the economy and the upcoming election. with that in mind, the president visited the fairfax, virginia home of a family hit home by the economicdown turn. the congressman there is in a tough reelection fight. mr.obama said the stimulus plan helped to stop the economic free fall but admitted there's more work to be done. >>> wall street had global economic news and started a week with a rally. the stocks posted their eighth gain in nine trading days. investors responded to word that china says it's economy remains robust. the dow jones gained 81 points. the nasdaq picked up 43. >>> a new survey of credit scores indicates californians have reduced their credit card debt but at the same time their credit ratings have gone down as well. san francisco base credit karma said today that credit card debt is down 6% for california consumers since the start of the year, but credit scores are down by an average of two points in that same time period. nationally, the average debt on credit card was more than
a business license. >>> president obama made a point to visit to the home district of a virginia congressman today to make some points about the economy and the upcoming election. with that in mind, the president visited the fairfax, virginia home of a family hit home by the economicdown turn. the congressman there is in a tough reelection fight. mr.obama said the stimulus plan helped to stop the economic free fall but admitted there's more work to be done. >>> wall street had global economic news and started a week with a rally. the stocks posted their eighth gain in nine trading days. investors responded to word that china says it's economy remains robust. the dow jones gained 81 points. the nasdaq picked up 43. >>> a new survey of credit scores indicates californians have reduced their credit card debt but at the same time their credit ratings have gone down as well. san francisco base credit karma said today that credit card debt is down 6% for california consumers since the start of the year, but credit scores are down by an average of two points in that same time period. nationally, th
carolina and extreme southeast virginia early thursday morning, just a small change in the direction of the storm could raise an impact and the large waves, beach erosion and rip currents will be a problem up and down the east coast until earl is gone. >> we're already seeing the first mandatory evacuation on north carolina's ocrocoke island. how are you managing evacuations all up and down and in what regions? >> well the evacuations are of course are the authority of the local officials so we don't make that call. we will probably have to go with some warnings later on "today" as the storm gets closer and that will probably trigger other evacuations within the watch and warning areas. >> give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right, i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far off
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